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December 26, Kathmandu.Nepal aviation industry has once again failed to get off the European Union (EU) blacklist. The EU updates the details of the ban in every six months. On December 8, the EU released a list of banned airlines around the world.According to the air safety list made public by the EU, all airlines in Nepal are banned. All the three companies licensed for international flights, including Nepal Airlines Corporation, Himalayan Airlines and Buddha Air, have been blacklisted. In addition, all domestic airlines (regular flights and helicopter companies) have been banned, according to the EU’s latest security blacklist.
Nepali Airlines has been banned by the European Union since 2013. The EU had issued a statement a few weeks ago positively approving the bill on the division of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal under consideration in the Parliament of Nepal. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation expected the bill to be passed in the previous House of Parliament.
However, the bill is unlikely to be passed immediately in the wake of the dissolution of parliament. As a result, Nepal will remain on the European Union’s blacklist for at least six months.
According to Rajan Pokhrel, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the EU has clearly emphasized on the institutional reform of the authority. For that, the bills under consideration in the parliament should be passed and implemented as an act.
“As soon as we can address the question clearly raised by the EU, we can remove it from the list,” Pokhrel said. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Bill 2076 and Nepal Aviation Authority Bill 2076 have been registered in the National Assembly. However, the proceedings of the parliament were overshadowed by the controversy of the ruling CPN (Maoist).